Aspects of Littorinid Biology

Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Littorinid Biology, held in Cork, Ireland, 7–13 September 1996

  • Editors
  • Ruth M. O’Riordan
  • Gavin M. Burnell
  • Mark S. Davies
  • Neil F. Ramsay
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Genetic variability in Littorina saxatilis from different habitats on an island in Galway Bay

  3. Electrophoretic heterogeneity within and between flat periwinkles (Mollusca: Gastropoda) along an intertidal transect at Ria Ferrol, northwest Spain

  4. A preliminary study on genetic differentiation in Littorina saxatilis from Galway Bay, Ireland: Littorina tenebrosa Montagu — a valid species or ecotype?

  5. Lack of significant esterase and myoglobin differentiation in the periwinkle, Littorina striata (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia)

  6. A comparison of different protocols for RAPD analysis of Littorina

    1. N. Mikhailova, K. Johannesson
      Pages 33-42
  7. Radular myoglobin and protein variation within and among some littorinid species (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

    1. R. Medeiros, L. Serpa, C. Brito, H. De Wolf, K. Jordaens, B. Winnepenninckx et al.
      Pages 43-51
  8. Allozyme variation and behavioural dimorphism among populations of Littorina brevicula (Philippi) from Japan

  9. Sexual selection and assortative mating by size and their roles in the maintenance of a polymorphism in Swedish Littorina saxatilis populations

  10. Rough periwinkle polymorphism on the east coast of Yorkshire: comparison of RAPD-DNA data with morphotype

  11. Assortative mating between two distinct micro-allopatric populations of Littorina saxatilis (Olivi) on the northeast coast of England

  12. Natural selection on a vertical environmental gradient in Littorina saxatilis: analysis of fecundity

  13. Effects of habitat on growth and shape of contrasting phenotypes of Bembicium vittatum Philippi in the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia

  14. Increasing precision in randomised field experiments: barnacle microtopography as a predictor of Littorina abundance

  15. Temporal variation in parasite loading in relation to life history patterns of Littorina obtusata and L. fabalis

  16. Gills and size in some small Littorina

    1. D. H. Black, J. Grahame, P. J. Mill
      Pages 129-132
  17. A hot summer, cold winters, and the geographical limit of Trochocochlea lineata in Somerset

  18. Density and shell-size variation of Nodilittorina lineolata (Orbigny, 1840) in the intertidal region in southeastern Brazil

  19. Spawning periodicity of three species of Nodilittorina in Hong Kong

  20. What to do when there is nothing to do: the ecology of Jamaican intertidal Littorinidae (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia) in repose

  21. Seasonal variation in soluble uric acid concentration in Littorina saxatilis (Olivi)

  22. Intersex and Littorina littorea in Cork Harbour: results of a medium-term monitoring programme

  23. Imposex in Nucella lapillus and intersex in Littorina littorea: interspecific comparison of two TBT-induced effects and their geographical uniformity

  24. Toxico-kinetic and -dynamic aspects of TBT-induced imposex in Hydrobia ulvae compared with intersex in Littorina littorea (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia)

  25. Ultrastructure of prostate gland tissue in males and females with intersex phenomena of Littorina littorea L.

  26. Short Communications

  27. Epilogue

    1. Mark S. Davies, Gray A. Williams
      Pages 243-246
  28. Back Matter
    Pages 247-248

About these proceedings


Members of the family Littorinidae are among the most widely studied gastropod molluscs and the more questions we answer about this group, the more questions are inevitably posed. Littorinid research spans diverse disciplines, from molecular biology, physiology, ecology, systematics and evolutionary biology to elegant anatomical studies. The papers n this volume reflect the current research being carried out on littorinids, and fall into three broad themes: systematics, ecology, and pollution studies.
This book is primarily targeted at the research level, while providing useful information for advanced first-degree students conducting research projects.


Mollusca biology ecology environment molecular biology phenotype tissue

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
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